NASA History of Space Flight Motion Pictures
This selection of nineteen “Headquarters Films (HQ)” preserved in the National Archives, represent a series of over 250 titles collected by the NASA Office of Public Affairs between 1962 and 1981. They were produced using footage from the various NASA research facilities and space flight centers around the country. They utilized the latest techniques in animation, graphic design, and space/satellite imagery. Primarily designed to disseminate information to the American public and the world at large about NASA activities of their day, the films have become an invaluable visual record of the history of the U.S. Space program, providing coverage of such significant events as Dr. Robert Goddard’s early rocket designs; astronaut John H. Glenn’s first manned orbital space flight in the Friendship 7 spacecraft; the Apollo 11 lunar mission; the exploration of deep space and other planets; and the role of female astronauts in the 1970s and early 1980s. Several of the titles chosen have been cited at domestic and international film festivals or have received awards for excellence in photography and documentary filmmaking.